Missing a tooth or finding out that you have to have one of your teeth pulled can make you feel like you’re basically falling apart. However, with dental technology and surgery such as dental implants, you can help to get back your ability to chew like you used to and even get back your natural look once again. Read on to learn more about dental implants and if they’re the right option for you.

Dental ImplantsAre they right for you?
Depending on your current jaw structure, and whether or not you have a large amount of decay happening, will help to determine if dental implants are right for you. For example, if your jaw bone is decaying and can’t hold onto the dental rod, then you won’t be a suitable candidate. Dr. Tamura will be able to assess whether or not you are an ideal candidate for dental implants.

What is the procedure like?
The dental implant procedure is lengthier than other oral procedures because they require a lot of healing time in between each step.

  • Step 1: Have your natural tooth pulled and let your gums heal.
  • Step 2: Have a metal rod— which acts as your tooth’s root— implanted into your gums. This will take a few months for it to heal.
  • Step 3: Have a dental crown placed on top of the rod— this will act as your natural tooth.
  • Step 4: Allow your gums to heal for a few days and then you’re good to go!

Do dental implants last?
There are some rare occasions in which a dental implant won’t properly heal and you will have to have it either removed or redone. However, for the majority of individuals, dental implants last for the lifetime of the patient.

How do you care for dental implants?
The great thing about dental implants is that they require the same care that your natural teeth do— which means that you won’t have to learn any new tips or tricks on how to care for them. Simply brush and floss your teeth— including your dental implant— at least twice a day or after every meal.

To learn more about dental implants or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Tamura, contact our office today!